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RD&E receive Gold Standards Framework accreditation for end of life care


RD&E receive Gold Standards Framework accreditation for end of life care The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has become one of only two acute hospitals in the UK to be recognised for the care they provide to patients who are nearing the end of their lives.


Two wards at the RD&E, Yeo and Yarty, and one at Royal Lancashire Infirmary are the first to have been accredited by the National Gold Standards Framework Centre (GSF) for their end of life care.


The GSF is a tool used to co-ordinate and communicate care needs to patients who are within their last year of life. It has been used within the community and care home setting for many years but is a new initiative for acute hospital trusts.


The two year programme, GSF Acute Hospitals Training, aims to enable the provision of integrated tailored care, by helping staff better understand the needs and wishes of patients. The framework accreditation empowers staff to provide the right care, in the right place for the right person at the right time.


Oncology ward Yeo and haematology ward Yarty have both demonstrated key improvements to the quality and coordination of care for patients, by facilitating early recognition of decline and offering advance care planning discussions to ensure it’s in line with patient wishes. They have also improved the discharge process and reduced the length of patients’ stay, where appropriate, enabling more people to live and die at home if they want to.


Neil Toghill, Matron on Yarty Ward said: “I am very proud of my whole team in being awarded this accreditation, I feel our care and hard work for those patients in the end of life is second to none, and shows the multidisciplinary team are working together to ensure patient and family focused support and care.”


Representatives from the RD&E received their award from Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, at an award ceremony on 27th March at the at the Royal College of Nursing.


Professor Keri Thomas, GSF National Clinical Director, said: “Caring for patients nearing the end of life is one of the biggest challenges facing the acute hospital sector. What these two hospitals have proved is that by implementing a structure of better coordinated care and improved communication with patients, and fellow professionals, it is possible to provide the right care for the right people in the right place at the right time. We hope others will aspire to this standard thereby developing a national momentum of best practice for all people nearing the end of life everywhere.


Em Wilkinson-Brice, Chief Nurse/Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “We are thrilled to have received the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) Quality Hallmark Award in End of Life Care and I’d like to congratulate the teams on their success. Achieving this accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff and End of Life teams on Yeo and Yarty who daily provide safe, high quality and compassionate care for our patients.” The GSF accreditation for Acute Hospitals is endorsed by the British Geriatric Society (BGS) who also partnered in its development.













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